What are the best PC Tools?

asked by Nathaniel Moore
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    #1Sandboxie

    Sandboxie

    The one and only. Sandboxie is a sandbox-based isolation software, which means that it creates a completely isolated environment anytime you are about to execute a suspicious file. Doesn't it sound great?

    Software

    Other Platform

    $49.95- Lifetime license for 3 computers

    Johnny Reyes
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "I can say for a fact that this is quite possibly one of the worst ideas ever. Many different variants of malware can get out of quarantined isolation with the greatest of ease. The best defense against software that seems suspect is to never download it in the first place."
  2. 13

    #2Speccy

    Speccy
    Speccy gives you detailed information on every piece of hardware in your computer. Instead of manually going through your computer for stats, see everything laid out for you in one clean interface.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Aaron Andrews
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "When I was looking for the best PC tools, I was hoping for something that focused on core functionality. While Speccy does show me some of what I need to know, it focuses on commercial glitz instead of core functionality. To that end, I am unable to rate it highly, since there are plenty of other better tools out there."
  3. 13

    #3AVG AntiVirus

    AVG AntiVirus
    AVG Antivirus is a free solution that helps in removing malware and to avoid being infected by trojans, viruses and other malicious software that can harm PCs or mobile phones. Also, it's useful for finding lost phones.
    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kevin Ruiz
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "This is a good antivirus program that will suffice for most people's needs. It has high detection rates and its database is constantly being updated with new info all the time. "

DID YOU KNOW?

The term "software" was not in use until the end of the 1950s? Programming software were already in development during this time. These software were not available to the public though. That is because computer users at the time comprised of scientists and businesses. Due to this "exclusivity", they had to create and program software themselves. It seemed like a good thing since software were for specific needs and uses. The downside is that you needed some technical skill to program these software. When personal computers arrived, they became more prevalent and accessible to everyone. This was also the time when one of the earliest operating systems (OS) released. MS-DOS allowed users to run various programs on their PC without the need for any programming. IBM included this on their computers from then on. It also began selling software to consumers throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The basic concept of software pretty much stayed the same over the years. The medium with which they were being distributed though was always changing. It started with floppy disks that gave way to CD-ROMs that then led to the development of DVDs. Nowadays, almost everyone has access to the Internet. This has made the distribution of computer software easier than ever before. The Windows OS has a robust selection of third-party software available to it. There best PC tools that help users maximize its potential. This is either to make tasks easier or make their PC hardware run better.

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    #4Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus is a malware and virus protection software with on-the-cloud scanning processes. It alerts users when spyware or adware-infected apps pose a threat to their devices.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Liu Ma
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "Avast has both paid and free versions but the latter is good enough for the average user. If you really need the extra protection and features, you can opt for those and it would be worth it."
  2. 8

    #5Drive Talent

    Drive Talent

    This driver repository is composed of a variety of drivers, including display/graphics drivers, printer drivers, scanner drivers, motherboard drivers, Bluetooth drivers, audio drivers, network drivers, and all kinds of peripheral (keyboard, mouse, USB, mobile phone and more) drivers, etc. All the drivers are WHQL certified or official, so they are 100% secure and ad-free. You could easily find the correct driver by manufacturers or device category.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Sharon Williamson
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "If you ever find yourself in a situation of missing drivers for your machine, this is a great pc tool to have on have. It helps you download and install any missing drivers that you might be missing. The entire process is simple and it does all the work for you."
  3. 5

    #6Soluto

    Soluto

    Soluto is a software tool that helps you analyze your system startup time and choose which programs you can delete or delay so the system starts faster. Once the program is installed, it is required to restart your PC.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kathy Gutierrez
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "A little more efficient and manageable than using what comes with Windows to change what begins on startup. Even lets you choose things that Windows will not show you in the options menu. We have this on all of our home PCs. "
  4. 4

    #7SpeedFan

    SpeedFan
    Speedfan is a free program that read the temperatures of your motherboard and hard disk, changes your computer's fan speeds and read voltages and fan speeds.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Li Song
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "This is great if you overclock your cpu a lot and need the extra cooling from your fans. It lets you know the temperature of your cpu and change the speed of your fans to keep things nice and cool."
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    #8Duplicate Cleaner

    Duplicate Cleaner

    Duplicate Cleaner is the premier tool for removing duplicate photos, music, documents and more. Free up space on your hard drive. Duplicate Cleaner is available for Microsoft Windows Vista,7,8 and 10.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Samantha Perry
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This product is very helpful because I recently got a new laptop and it has less hard drive space than my old computer, so I have had to delete a lot of things. This program helped me to delete totally unnecessary things so that I was able to keep more things that I do need and want on my new computer. It will be essential for me to keep using it as junk fills up the precious space I have now!"
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    #9Starter

    Starter
    This program lets you have close control over all the apps and processes that begin when you open Windows. Identify the ones that aren't necessary but are still eating up your system's processing capacity, and fix the situation with Starter.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kathryn Gomez
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Starter is a good tool that I use when trying to see what programs are being used on start up of my pc. This enables me to identify and correct issues with slow starts, memory processing and I can even stop or modify the programs access to my pc. This is important to me so I can have a quick clean access to my desktop."
  7. 0

    #10CCleaner

    CCleaner

    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. It offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade. This program is available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- 24.95

    Edward Morrison
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "One of the best pc tools that you can have installed on your machine, especially older ones. This is really helpful when your pc is starting to slow down as it can help you speed things up a bit and get rid of unwanted files."
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    #11MSI Afterburner

    MSI Afterburner
    MSI Afterburner is a graphics card overclocking utility that gives you full control of your graphics cards. It has additional features such as fan profiles benchmarking and video recording.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Hao Feng
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "If you build your own pc from scratch, then, chances are that you've invested in a nice GPU. This is a great pc tool to get the most out of your gpu. It's perfect for overclocking your card and squeezing as much performance as you can out of it."
  9. 0

    #12CPU-Z

    CPU-Z

    CPU-Z is a freeware system profiling and monitoring application for Microsoft Windows and Android that detects the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of a modern personal computer or Android device.

    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Deng Qian
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "This is for the spec nerds out there that want to know every detail about their pc. From the processor to the memory, and how fast your fans spin, it can display it all. Best of all, it's completely free."
  10. 0

    #137-Zip

    7-Zip
    7-Zip is a free compression tool for Windows and Windows Phone, supporting a wide range of file formats including .rar, .zip, .tar, .gzip and more. It also offers its own format named .7z. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Joe Wheeler
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "Windows 8 and above has its own built-in file archiver but if you need a bit more options and functionality, try this one out. It has a lot of nice extra features and it's completely free."

Summary

Best What are the best PC Tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SandboxieSoftware 17 Paid
2SpeccySoftware 13 Free
3AVG AntiVirus Software 13 Free
4Avast AntivirusSoftware 8 Free
5Drive TalentSoftware 8 Free
6SolutoSoftware 5 Free
7SpeedFanSoftware 4 Free
8Duplicate CleanerSoftware 2 Free
9StarterSoftware 2 Free
10CCleanerSoftware 0 Free
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